Written September 01, 2007
This is an exceptionally WELL-DONE thriller, with fine acting by all the leads (Russell Crowe [as the outlaw leader], Christian Bale [as the problem-filled "Good Guy" rancher], Logan Lerman [as Bale's oldest son], Ben Foster [as Crowe's assistant], and admirable work by the numerous "side" characters.
The Western (a remake of a 1957 classic about trying to get a prisoner to jail via an expected train) is suspenseful, well-photographed & enjoyable (except for the loyalty-challenged end, which -- in retrospect -- made little "sense" psychologically.
But, since the leads take such a "bite" with their roles, I rate this as Highly Recommended.
Written September 14, 2007
In an age where people don't make westerns, the director made a damn good western. It was surprisingly relaxing not to be blasted with constant GCI. Instead, the focus is on the acting, imagine that! And there is plenty of action- the great kind of action when a gun is seriously dangerous, as opposed to a super mega mutant lab ray. Great movie, and a nice change from the normal!
Written September 15, 2007
The lead actors (Crowe and Bale) put up strong believable roles that stick with you till the end. The movie is slow to open up, but the last 1/3 of the movie is what sold it. heartfelt ending. Crowe pulled it off!! Go see this movie.
Written January 11, 2008
Seems like there were a lot of Western or “Western-like” films out this year. Many of them quite good, this film being no exception. I really enjoyed Bale’s performance, I think he is a top-notch actor. Though this type of film seems to suit Russell Crowe I wasn’t crazy about his performance. However over all I’d say this movie is definetly worth a rent if you are itchin’ for a show down!
Written December 07, 2007
Baddest outlaw in town gets a heart for his captor. Give me a break. Terrible movie. A disgrace to the western genre.